, Newburyport, MA

January 26, 2013

Chamber grateful for help during holiday season

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Foundation hosted several events over the holiday season and would like to take a few moments to thank everyone who assisted in making them possible.

In the midst of a snowing winter wonderland, Amesbury held its Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on Dec. 1. The parade was a true success and we would like to congratulate Adele Faso and Candace Ellis for all their hard work in putting the parade together.

The Chamber would like to offer enormous gratitude to Woody Cammett of W.C. Cammett Engineering for his amazing financial donation to cover the significant cost associated with the placement of the tree in Market Square. Thank you to Healey, Deshaies, Gagliardi and Woelfel for donating funds to supply additional lights and to Jamie Clark of the Amesbury Fire Department for hanging them. A very special thank-you to Tom, Ronda and David Hodge of 21 Monroe St. for donating this year’s beautiful tree! Thank you to Matt and Ellie Sherrill for hanging all the kissing balls around the downtown area. Also, thank you to Amesbury DPW for all their help this holiday season.

On Dec. 5, the Chamber held its 15th Annual Restaurant and Shop Showcase. We had a truly successful event and a wonderful evening was had by all who attended. This year we transitioned locations, invited the shops and salons to join in the event and were amazed at the extraordinary attendance.

It takes a lot of work to make an event like this successful and I would like to thank everyone involved.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Coffey Design + Build Co of Newburyport and Boston; The Provident Bank

Thank you to Greenery Designs for donating the beautiful poinsettias; to General Linen for providing all the linens and to Shaheen Bros., Inc. for donating the paper products.

I would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for making generous donations that compiled our spectacular raffle prizes. Vinny and Sally O’Rorke, Jackson Lumber, Carriagetown Wine and Spirits, Downtown Wine and Spirits, Mike Lachance and all the Chamber Board members.

Thank you to Scott DesRoches of Studio 221 for the use of his beautiful Amesbury print on our publicity material! And thank you to Jon P. Mooers Art Gallery for assisting!

Thank you to Rick Bartley, Tom Pendergast and the rest of the team at Bartley Machine for allowing the event to be held at Bartley Machine, as well as taking time out of their busy schedules to accommodate all of our setup and clean-up needs.

A special thank-you to MaryCarol Fowler, Kevin Jacques, Meredith Robinson and Candace MacLean and the rest of their team at Amesbury Sports Park for all their manual labor, the bars, the tables, the chairs, and their love. Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped out at the event.

We followed up this incredible event with Amesbury Invitation Nights. Two Thursdays filled with local holiday shopping and seeing all that Amesbury has to offer. Cheers to our window decorating winners: first, Cherry Bomb Ice Cream; tie for second, Parke Place Boutique and Attentief Design, and third, The Picket.

Thanks so very much to the following restaurants, shops and salons for all your participation and enthusiasm: Ale House, Amesbury Sports Park, Attentief Design, Barking Dog Bar and Grill, Bertram and Oliver Booksellers, Carriagetown Chocolates, Cat’s Eye Glass Creation’s, Cherry Bomb Ice Cream, C. Meadows Boutique, Coastal Trails Coalition, Custard Shoppe, Essencia, Fiddlestix, Flatbread Co., Jewell Towne Vineyard, Glow, Jon P. Mooers Art Gallery, Maggie Sundae, Murphy’s Riverside Lounge, Ovedia Artisan Chocolates, Parke Place Boutique, Paws Pet Boutique, Phat Cats Bistro, Real Bodies of Amesbury, Ristorante Molise, Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge, The Edge Barbershop, The Fashion Bus, The Picket, Trendsetter’s Boutique, The Riverwalk Bead Shop & Gallery and Wild Bites.

We hope everyone had as much fun as we did. Thank you again for a wonderful holiday season!

Looking forward to 2013 and more successful events to come.

Melissa Lachance,

Executive Director

Amesbury Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Foundation